Fibrations by pencils of quadrics and maximal representations

  • Colin Davalo (University of Heidelberg)
E2 10 (Leon-Lichtenstein)


The hyperbolic 3-manifold associated to a Fuchsian representation of a surface group admits a fibration over the surface with geodesic fibers that extends to a fibration of the conformal boundary. This also holds for almost Fuchsian representations, but not in general for quasi-Fuchsian representations.
We will discuss an analog of this picture for representations of surface groups into $\Sp(2n,\R)$. Among these representations there exist a union of connected components containing only discrete and faithful representations, called maximal representations. We will consider fibrations of the projective model of the symmetric space of $\SL(2n,\R)$ by projective codimention $2$ subspaces. These subspaces are described by pencils of quadrics, and we will characterize maximal representations by the existence of such a continuous fibration, satisfying some additional properties.

Katharina Matschke

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